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Hi ,it was the set course ,not really my scene man ,although now i can tell a Pre-Raphaelite at 10 ft :D
Finished OU A363 Advanced Creative Writing module in the summer. Got a distinction! Yay me!

Need to do one more module to finish Honours degree. Taking a break this year though as nothing really grabbed me, plus there's other things I want to do.

Been looking for cheap-ish Adobe Illustrator courses. Not having much luck. There's some YouTube videos so might be a start.
Hi ,did you need to sit an exam ?.
No exam for Creative Writing on either A215 (the level 2 course) or the advanced.

Instead, you have an EMA (Examinable Component) which is weighted like an exam would be.

On A215 you could choose between writing the first chapter of a novel, one or more poems amounting to a certain number of lines (think it was 40) or a short story of 2,500 words.

On A363 you could choose between the first chapter of a novel, a screenplay (theatre, radio or film) of 30 minutes in length, one or more poems to a certain number of lines or a short story of 4,000 words.

In principle, you do your TMAs (Tutor Marked Assessments) to get your OCAS which is your continuous assessment score. Each assessment carries a different weighting (eg. on A215, TMA01 counts for 10%, TMA02 scarily counts for 40%!) and once the weightings are all applied it gets you your OCAS.

Then you have your EMA. Your final grade is theoretically the lesser of your EMA or OCAS. So if you get 85% on OCAS (Distinction level) but only 71% on EMA then you end up with a Pass 2 and the same applies vice-versa.

However, in practice, on A363 both my OCAS and EMA were in the upper Pass 2 range (OCAS was 83 and EMA scored 84 so missed Distinction by 1 point!) but they upped me to a Distinction anyway.

Presumably because several assignments scored in the Distinction threshold and there was clear consistency in my marks (in that none had been graded below 80%), I guess they thought that denying me a Distinction over a couple of marks would have been unfair.
Hi ,thanks for the info ,it is just that i don't want to be tied to something ,got a lot of that in my life as it is .
Well done Kath on your distinction. That sounds too meaty for me at the moment. I had a quick glance at Future Learn and despite vast range of subjects nothing really grabbed me but I will keep a look out as I know the courses change.
Googling free online courses brought up the old BBC online courses . Their index page is archived but the courses below it aren't ;) heehee

History, gardening cooking and more. May be a little dated (2005) but worth a look perhaps

Just goggle BBC onlinecourses
Henrietta wrote:Well done Kath on your distinction. That sounds too meaty for me at the moment. I had a quick glance at Future Learn and despite vast range of subjects nothing really grabbed me but I will keep a look out as I know the courses change.
Thank you! :) I was very pleased.

The workload isn't too bad, although it depends on your familiarity with Creative Writing and the different techniques. There is a big chunky book you get given - I may not have read much of it! :blush:

I've done a couple of Future Learn courses before. Problem I find with Future Learn is as there is no real investment, if you fall behind for any reason it can be easier to quit than try and catch up - though I imagine that's also a plus for many people as they can try again.
Thank you Mrs A- nothing grabbed me. I know I'm being fussy but I don't want anything academic- done all that before, needs to be really fascinating to make me stick with it and I know I it will leap out at me when I see the right thing. I know I'm hard to please but done so many exams in the past , this next course has to pleasurable/fascinating.
I'm a complete nerd and love to study! Sit me down with textbooks and academic papers and I'm happy as Larry! Completed an MA last year which unfortunately took me 4 years rather than 2 (my OH's health and my own got in the way) but to me it was fascinating and loved the research component of a dissertation.

I'm planning on starting a PhD in 2018, got to get my research started for my proposal in the new year.

I'm quite interested in FutureLearn. I took a look and there are so many courses!